I want to send out MAJOR props to whoever ran, walked, wheeled, or crawled the Boston Marathon this year. Running 26.2 miles is one hell of a feat, something that all participants should be crazy proud of. That’s not to mention the stifling 80-degree temps in Boston that marathoners competed in yesterday. I’ll say again, major props to everyone! The Kenyans proved victorious this year in both the men’s and women’s races. Wesley Korir took first place in the men’s race, and Sharon Cherop of Kenya won the women’s race. Chad Finn of Boston.com reported of the wins,
“Wesley Korir’s bona fides as an elite distance runner were well-established before he made his Boston Marathon debut Monday. But it was some common sense and adherence to the day’s conventional wisdom that helped the two-time Los Angeles Marathon champ add Boston to his list of conquests.
“It was very important to me to take water, to take fluids, to hydrate as often as possible, even if it led to falling off the pace at times,” said Korir after winning the 116th Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
Then, the affable Kenyan and graduate of the University of Louisville added with a smile, “It’s hot. Too hot. In case you don’t know that.”
Concerns about the 80-degree temperatures led to more than 4,000 runners deferring their entries until next year. There were 26,716 entrants this year, but just 22,426 started the race.”
To get the rest of the Boston Marathon’s stats and read more on the winners, click here.
Very impressive Kenyans! Congrats again to the winners and to everyone who participated in this year’s Boston Marathon.